Recently, I had a chance to listen to the British Vogue editor, Alexandra Schulman, interview one of the most famous fashion photographers in the world, David Bailey. Bailey’s current exhibition, ‘Stardust’, is a collection of photographs currently on exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and sponsored by Hugo Boss. The event took place at the Hugo Boss flagship store on London’s Regent Street.
Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés by Peardrop from Rose & Lychee Martinis (rosewater, vodka, lemon juice and lychee syrup with Peychaud’s aromatic bitters) to Elder & Sage spritz (vodka, elderflower, apple & lemon juice shaken with sage and cucumber, topped with Prosecco) to delicious canapés. All guests left with a 50ml bottle of Hugo Boss Jour Pour Femme fragrance, one of my personal favourites that is great for both day and evening.
Bailey has had a distinguished career, ranging from photographing Andy Warhol to Jack Nicholson to Kate Moss. Among various jobs, he worked for Vogue and spoke of taking lots of pictures of ‘frocks’. However, Bailey wanted to make sure that he wasn’t only known as a fashion photographer. He also spent time traveling in East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Delhi and the Naga Hills and even in his own backyard of East London.
Bailey is very loyal to his East London heritage and kept referencing his past during the talk.
I found the banter between Alexandra and David Bailey to be amusing and they played off of each other very well. It was clear to me that Bailey is very true to himself and remaining true to his work is very important for him.
Quoting from the National Portrait Gallery, ‘David Bailey has made an outstanding contribution to photography and the visual arts, creating consistently imaginative and thought-provoking portraits. As well as new work, this landmark exhibition includes a wide variety of Bailey’s photographs from a career that has spanned more than half a century.’
I would highly recommend going to see the exhibition and works from this great photographer.